“Finding Strength and Hope After Weathering Hurricane Irma”

Strength & Hope Two weeks ago, I posted a picture of a rainbow over our house. It was four days before Hurricane Irma hit our beautiful state of Florida. All of us were feared & frantic, as we sat and waited for this ravaging beast, slowly approaching. We had no idea what the outcome would be (the ugly side of nature). Through the anticipation, I saw this vision, and this symbol (the beautiful side of nature) ~ a rainbow, right over the backyard of our house. This was “my” sign that all would be okay. It was okay. It is. If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it. After the storm, the sun will come out again. You must get through the rain, to get to the rainbow. It was there to show me ~ and to all who also saw it as well and now ~...

Validate Yourself, and the Whole World Will Follow

Start celebrating your accomplishments NOW… don’t wait, because there is much to celebrate! It’s about embracing the journey, the process… it’s not about the destination. One thing I’ve been working on this year is saying more positive thoughts about myself, acknowledging myself more, and my accomplishments, and where I *am* showing up in my life!  Because truth be told, we can be our own worse critics ~ harder on ourselves than even others are. What our world looks like around us, our relationships, and how people test you, are a reflection on how you view and treat yourself.  I’ve learned that it always comes back down to you; it’s really not about anyone else. So one BIG thing I’ve been working on is...

~ New Year’s Note 2017~ ‘Flow of Life’

In 2017, I have a new resolution ~ to want for nothing.  Every year I set one or a goal, but this year, I’m going about things differently.  I just want to be… Fully in the moment ~ in the flow of life ~ as is.  I will have faith that all is exactly as it should be, and what will be, will be.  To go with the ‘flow of life.’ Instead of wanting to lose another eight-ten pounds (cause for some reason that’s always my magical weight loss goal), I’m just going to celebrate having good health & fitness (and also my family’s).  Some people don’t have that option.  My family is here with me to hold everyday, and they’re healthy.  That is everything! I want to spend as much time with my family because time is...

“Tis the season to be merry…”

Clark: “Tis the season to be merry…” Mary: “That’s my name.” Clark: “No sh*t.” We all know the lines from this famous holiday classic… Christmas Vacation!  Not only is it one of the best written comedies of all time, we love it so much because we can completely relate to how crazy it can be during the holiday season, especially with our families.  Right?  Well, at least for me, it does.  Every year, we have a big Christmas celebrating with my large, crazy Italian family, and it always gets nuts just nearing the finish line.  We always almost end up choking one another, however, we do it with so much love and passion… you just gotta love us!  We’ve all had one too many pizza fritte (fried dough with...

The three P’s — Past, Present, and Peace

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past.  If you are anxious, you are living in the future.  If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu Easy enough, right?  Wrong.  Anyone who’s human knows that this is an everyday work-in-progress.  Living in the moment has to be a conscious decision.  Do you know how you know you’re not living in the moment, and how to live in the moment?  That’s the answer.  As soon as you recognize you’re doing it, or not doing it rather, is when you start living in the moment.  That’s it.  One day, one thought at a time.  Did you know that 85% of what we worry about never even comes true.  So, I started noticing I’ve been doing this a lot recently.  I’ll give...

RAINBOW CRYSTAL Prologue

RAINBOW CRYSTAL Prologue There’s no question that the psychic was right about something significant happening to me and my best friend, but I never imagined this. I grab hold of Josie Lee’s hand, which lies lifeless on the hospital bed.  Her hands are blue-purple in color.  My eyes roam the freezing, unfamiliar ICU room; I’m quivering.  I watch her just lie there, and take notice of her chest rising and falling.  A chill runs down my spine.  I move her blonde hair away from her closed eyes, away from all the tubes.  It’s so freaky.  The only thing that remains of Josie Lee is heavy breathing.  I heard the doctor tell her mom that the machine was doing it for her.  How does that even do that?  And how could this happen?  I fidget and then...